EVERYTHING'S COMING UP BERNADETTE! Multiple Tony Winner Bernadette Peters Lights Up The McCallum
Throughout her illustrious career, Tony Award-winning actress Bernadette Peters has dazzled audiences and critics with her performances on stage and television, in concert, and on recordings. The McCallum Theatre presents Bernadette Peters, with Marvin Laird, Musical Director, on Thursday, January 24, at 8:00pm.
Her recent stage credits include City Center's Encores! Production of A Bed and a Chair: A New York Love Affair featuring music by Stephen Sondheim and orchestrations by Wynton Marsalis. Prior to that she starred on Broadway in the Stephen Sondheim/James Goldman critically acclaimed production of Follies, following a successful run at the Kennedy Center. She also starred opposite Elaine Stritch in the Stephen Sondheim/Hugh Wheeler Tony Award-winning A Little Night Music. She returned to Broadway in the title role of the 2017 revival of Hello, Dolly! at the Schubert Theatre.
In 2012, Bernadette was honored with her third Tony Award, The Isabelle Stevenson Special Award that acknowledges an individual from the theatre community who has made a substantial contribution of volunteered time and effort on behalf of one or more humanitarian, social service or charitable organizations.
Prior to that, she added author and songwriter to her achievements with her debut children's book and New York Times Bestseller Broadway Barks, named after the organization she co-founded with friend Mary Tyler Moore. The organization's annual star-studded animal adoption event takes place in Shubert Alley in the NYC's theater district and benefits over 20 animal shelters in and around the New York City area. The book package includes a CD recording of an original song written and sung by the author. Her second children's book, Stella is a Star, features another of her original songs; all proceeds from the sale of both books, and her third book, Stella and Charlie: Friends Forever, go to Broadway Barks. In 2009, Peters performed a one-night-only concert in New York City at the Minskoff Theatre called "Bernadette Peters: A Special Concert for Broadway Barks Because Broadway Cares," which benefitted both Broadway Barks and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
In 2003, she received her seventh Tony Award nomination for her portrayal of Momma Rose in Sam Mendes' Broadway revival of Gypsy, and her performance was captured on the Grammy winning Gypsy cast recording. Peters' CD Sondheim, Etc., Etc.: Bernadette Peters Live at Carnegie Hall (The Rest of It), features never-before-released highlights from her 1996 anticipated solo Carnegie Hall debut. The concert was a benefit for Gay Men's Health Crisis. This performance was repeated in Bernadette Peters in Concert, her London solo debut at Royal Festival Hall, which was telecast on PBS and is available on DVD.
A native of Ozone Park, New York, Peters began her performing career at the age of 3 with appearances on "Juvenile Jury,""Name That Tune,"and "The Horn & Hardart Children's Hour." She made her theatrical debut in This is Goggle, directed by Otto Preminger. Still in her teens, she appeared in The Most Happy Fella and The Penny Friend and performed in the national touring company of Gypsy.
Peters made her Broadway debut in 1967 in Johnny No-Trump, and in 1968, starred with Joel Grey in George M!, earning a Theatre World Award for her portrayal of Josie Cohan. That same year, she received a Drama Desk Award for her performance in the off-Broadway musical Dames at Sea, and became one of the most sought-after stars in musical theatre.
One of Broadway's brightest stars, Peters received both the Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for her performance in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Song and Dance. In 1999, she earned her second Tony, her third Drama Desk Award, and an Outer Critics Circle Award for her portrayal of Annie Oakley in the Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of Annie Get Your Gun. Peters also received Tony nominations for her work in the 1992 musical The Goodbye Girl; Stephen Sondheim's Pulitzer Prize-winning Sunday in the Park With George; the Jerry Herman/Gower Champion ode to the movies, Mack and Mabel;and the Leonard Bernstein/Comden and Green musical On The Town. In addition to these honors, Peters earned a Drama Desk nomination for her portrayal of the Witch in Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods.
While Peters is best known for her work in the theatre, her career doesn't end at the footlights. She boasts an impressive list of television credits including her guest appearance on NBC's "Smash." She also appeared in the Lifetime movie, Living Proof opposite Harry Connick, Jr.; a guest starring role in the 2008 season premiere of ABC's series "Grey's Anatomy," and a recurring role on the TV hit "Ugly Betty." She appeared in performing arts specials, including PBS' Evening at Pops and The Kennedy Center Honors, early variety shows such as "The Carol Burnett Show," and an Emmy-nominated performance on "The Muppet Show." She appeared in the star-studded Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall and played an opera diva-on-the-verge-of-a-nervous-breakdown in Terrence McNally's The Last Mile, both for PBS' Great Performances series. Other television credits include PBS' Hey Mr. Producer!: the Musical World of Cameron Mackintosh, and the ABC special Quincy Jones: the First 50 Years.
Peters received an Emmy nomination for her performance in FOX's series "Ally McBeal." She portrayed the wicked stepmother in Cinderella with Brandy and Whitney Houston; starred in The Odyssey starring Armand Assante; David, Fall From Grace with Kevin Spacey;and The Last Best Year with Mary Tyler Moore. She also appeared in the Showtime movie Bobbie's Girl (Daytime Emmy nomination) and Prince Charming, a TNT movie co-starring Martin Short and Christina Applegate. Ms. Peters currently stars in Amazon Prime's Golden Globe nominated series "Mozart in the Jungle." She plays the recurring role of Lenore Rindell in a spinoff of the television series "The Good Wife," titled "The Good Fight."
Peters recorded the original title song for the 1998 film Barney's Great Adventure: The Movie, written by Tony-winning Broadway composer Jerry Herman. She can be heard as the voice of Sophie in the film Anastasia; as Angelique in the home video Beauty and the Beast: Enchanted Christmas; as Sue in The Land Before Time: The Great Longneck Migration; and the voice of Rita the Cat in the Steven Spielberg animated program Animaniacs.
A performer of amazing versatility, Peters has appeared in 17 films throughout her distinguished career. She received a Golden Globe for her performance in Pennies From Heaven. Other film credits include The Jerk; The Longest Yard; Silent Movie; Annie; Pink Cadillac; Slaves of New York; Woody Allen's Alice; Impromptu with Hugh Grant and Mandy Patinkin; and It Runs in the Family, opposite Kirk and Michael Douglas.
In addition to Grammy-winning Broadway cast albums including Gypsy and Annie Get Your Gun, Peters has recorded six solo albums: Sondheim, Etc., Etc.; Bernadette Peters Live at Carnegie Hall (The Rest of It); Bernadette Peters Loves Rodgers & Hammerstein (Grammy Nomination); Sondheim Etc.; Bernadette Peters Live at Carnegie Hall (Grammy Nomination); I'll Be Your Baby Tonight (Grammy Nomination); Bernadette Peters; and Now Playing.
Peters has received accolades throughout her career, ranging from her Tony Awards to a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Police Athletic League (PAL), an organization that runs 84 youth centers and 150 summer camps for New York City's neediest children, named her Woman of the Year for 1999. The Actors Fund of America bestowed Peters with their Artistic Achievement Award. She received the Special Advocate Award from the City of New York for her contributions to the gay and lesbian community, and is the youngest person to be inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame. Peters received the 2000 New York Heroes Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. In 2004, she was the Arts and Entertainment recipient of the Matrix Award from New York Women in Communications, Inc. Other honors include the Sarah Siddons Actress of the Year Award and Harvard's Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year for her "lasting and impressive contribution to the world of entertainment."
Bernadette devotes her time and talents to numerous events that benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, in addition to her "pet project" Broadway Barks. She resides in New York City and Los Angeles with her rescue dogs, Charlie and Rosalia.
Tickets for this performance are priced at $140, $100, $90 and $70. Tickets are available at the Theatre's website at www.mccallumtheatre.com or by calling the McCallum Theatre Box Office at (760) 340-2787.